Three days have passed since Nationals, and riders have made their way back home to either cozy up to the offseason or start building up for the World Championships in Tabor, Czech Republic. Now that we have had time to sift through more of the interviews and photos we captured at Austin, we’ve expanded our initial same-day reports by Ken Lundgren. We’ve included interviews, detailed lap reports and position changes, and the newest photos from the event in this five-page report. (We also have a full Men’s Race Report from the 2015 National Championships and Jeremy Powers’ successful title defense.) Use the page numbers to navigate.
Austin, TX- After yesterday’s unexpected postponement of the 2015 Cyclocross National Championships, everyone still had a job to do come Monday.
For all but one of the Elite Women, the job was to find a way of stopping Katie Compton from winning another National Championship.
Like U23 Logan Owen did just minutes before, Compton managed to put together ten straight victories with her 2014 Nationals win in Boulder. But this season hasn’t been the greatest, by Compton’s own admission. With allergy problems and some losses to Sanne Cant and Meredith Miller, her competition was justified in thinking this might be the year they could topple Compton.
With a muddy, modified course that was quickly turning into peanut butter and ripping derailleurs off bikes, Compton not only faced stiff competition but the risk of mechanical issues jeopardizing her title chances.
While several racers were unable to make it to the start of Monday due to the change of schedule, the biggest name left off the list was Meredith Miller (Noosa Professional Cyclocross), who opted not to take her first row call-up because she rolled her ankle in the top half of the course while shooting a course preview on Friday. With Miller having the best overall showing at USAC’s select C1 races for the world’s selection, her place at the 2015 World Cyclocross Championship was already secure.